Marine Conservation with TRACC in Sabah, Malaysia

diving volunteers, scuba diving, sipadan, sharks, turtles, rays, coral planting, reef surveys, conservation volunteer, volunteer, volunteering, marine science, coral reef, sabah– if you would like to know more or visit TRACC please visit new mobile friendly website –> click HERE<

This website is being updated Nov 2015 – it may not be correct in 2016

TRACC is the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, a non profit coral reef conservation organization in Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo) which runs marine conservation expeditions (snorkeller or diving) using qualified divers, trainee divers, volunteers & visitors to rebuild coral reefs.  We also teach marine science courses, & conduct marine research projects. All of our work focuses on a coral reef conservation issue and creates solutions.  Our  current projects are developing a marine protected area working on sharks, –  turtles, – reef restoration –  photographic record of biodiversity , environmental education and environmental awareness.

Marine conservation by diving volunteers and gap year travellers creating coral reef on Pom Pom Island, near Sipadan, Semporna Sabah





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Download volunteer brochure — Pom Pom Project Slightly out of date being updated (PDF)

To book now read Booking a trip or email

Reviews from previous volunteers  —Facebook — — Google+Volunteers blog

Read reviews about TRACC on tripadvisor  or Travelbuddy or ediving

Booking to stay at TRACC please use

To find out more about TRACC projects search or navigate around this site please use the index which has links to all our activities.

CONSERVATION  – Coral planting & reef restoration —  Sharks, –  Turtles, —- Marine biodiversity of Pom Pom Island
ONGOING PROJECTSOcean Acidification  –  Coral Reference Nursery – Fish Larval Settlement  — Biodiversity —  Shark & ray Market survey —  Student projectsResearch projects for student study  —  Ongoing Research projects 2014

Facebook  — Google+ –   Our shark protection activity  –  Volunteers & coral planting  – Conservation VolunteerVolunteer roleCoral plantingShark Campaign objectives–  Shark ConservationGlobal Shark SurveyShark protection organisations –  Turtle protection  – Photo Gallery

About TRACCTRACC advocacy Tracc publicationsProjectsConsultancyContact us –  Sabah –  Celebes seaDive sitesOur photos & VideoPanoramio  – FlikrYoutubeLinks to Internet resourcesGoogle+


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  1. admin says:

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  8. Michael L. Estes says:

    To; Reader,

    My name is Michael Estes, I am 48 years old, And I Have been a Travel Photographer in South Asia for many years, I have Lived in India and Sri-Lanka, And I Love the Ocean and Oceanography. And Yes, I can swim very well.!! I Did Some Diving many years ago back in the 1980’s, I Now wish to help in Replanting Coral and Doing Reef Surveys and Reef Cheeks in the South Asian Oceans. There were a lot of Reefs Destroyed In the Indian Ocean and the China Sea in the past few years due to Storms and other Man made Problems and Stupidity. So I Wish to help Restore and Protect the Oceans And the Sea Life that Lives there. I am looking for a new Opportunity in Life.. And a Chance to do something that I like to do..

    So Please Send Me Any Information You Can.. And tell me how I can get Involved in some Hands on Projects is the Oceans of South Asia…

    Thank you so much for your Time.

    Michael L. Estes

    7317 East 59th Street
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Zip: 74145-9310

    Mobile Phone: +1 918 408 9437

    Look Forward to hearing from you Soon..

    Michael L. Estes

  9. admin says:

    Hi Michael
    Thanks for your message, please walk along to TRACC and talk to one of our staff to get a better idea of what we do. I am sorry that you don’t like what you see but please look past the plastic or cement at the marine life.
    The coke crates attract fish larvae. you may not realise it but our crate reef area has 500x more fish than empty areas, please dive anywhere on the east of the island to see what an empty barren rubble slope looks like.
    Algae is in fact food for parrotfish, rabbit fish, damsels and many other marine creatures. If you look there are also coral fragments growing on the crate reefs.
    The cement biscuits with straws are used to transplant soft coral. see the big area of soft coral to the south of the kampong jetty, that was planted. When the coral has grown onto the rubble, we move and reuse the biscuits. If you found a few then its because we haven’t recovered them yet. There are over 3500 biscuits around the island, many cannot be seen anymore, the coral has completely covered them.
    Plastic floating on the surface where turtles can eat it is bad, Plastic covered with coraline algae and baby corals will become part of a reef. We did not blast the reef with fish bombs to create the rubble but we are spending a lot of time and effort to repair it.
    please use one or more of your dives to help us plant corals, it makes a difference.
    prof steve oakley

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